ROOTED IN THE GOSPEL
The gospel is the good news of Jesus. It is the announcement that Jesus is King. It is the story of God's never ending love. On top of that, God, through his incredible love, accomplished through Jesus what we can not do for ourselves or find for ourselves.
The gospel in one word is Jesus. The gospel in three words is Jesus is Lord. So, Jesus' story reshapes our story.
The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16) through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
What is most important?
"Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.”
"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles." (1 Corinthians 15:1-7)
This is the most succinct definition of the gospel in the whole Bible. Again, Jesus did what we could not do for ourselves by providing our ultimate need. “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scripture…”
Therefore, the gospel establishes that a believers past need not define his or her future. Sins forgiven, fellowship with God restored. Through Christ the believer has a new identity, hope, and purpose.
So everything we do is rooted in the gospel. We look back to the completed work of Jesus again and again. Our identity is not in religous performance or moral acheivment. Our worth comes from Jesus who gives the beliver a new identity. Jesus is our hope, our Lord, our Rescuer, and our King.
[1 Corinthians 15:1-28 / 2 Timothy 2:8-9 / Acts 2:22-36 / Romans 1:16 / Acts 7:2-50 / Titus 3:4-7 / Mark 1:15]
WHAT WE BELIEVE